What is it?
The all-new replacement for the Vauxhall Frontera, which in its day was the biggest-selling small 4x4 in its sector across Europe.
Much of what you need to know about the Vauxhall Antara is apparent in the first glimpse. Cars such as these – the soft, lifestyle end of off-roading – have style at the core of their appeal. The new Antara strikes just the right balance: a dash of off-road ruggedness tempered with a slick, design savvy appearance.
What’s it like?
Step aboard, and from the commanding, high-set driving position to the funky cabin, with chunky air vents and interesting sliver spars on the steering wheel, things look good.
There’s a decent amount of space in the rear, although the boot itself isn’t particularly accommodating and the load sill is quite high. All Antaras are five seaters – unlike the Chevrolet Captiva sister car that has a longer rear overhang to house an optional third row of seats – and there are no trick seating solutions.
Three engines will be available. At launch there’s a 2.4-litre petrol with 138bhp and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 148bhp, joined in a few months by a 125bhp version of the same engine.